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  1. Thanks for all the best wishes guys. I really appreciate it and it's uplifting to see such warmth from a load of people I have never met at a time when I'm isolated in a bedroom. My 6 year old son keeps popping up the stairs to ask how I am and if it's gone yet. It's a grounding experience.
    38 points
  2. I've been told today that I've got it. I'm really ill and weak. It all started around 7pm last night when I suddenly became colder than I've ever felt in my life. I was shivering and shaking uncontrollably and no matter how many layers I put on, together with the duvet and blankets, I simply couldn't get warm. From 7pm until just after 11pm last night I was like this and lost all my energy. I went to bed last night and just couldn't sleep because of the aching and pains all over me. I took paracetamol but they did nothing. Then, halfway through the night, it flipped from feeling cold to sweating profusely. I couldn't cool down no matter how I tried. I was awake all night and talking jibberish according to my girlfriend who could hear from the next room. I've had a really nasty headache since around 4am and despite taking paracetamol it will not go. I've also lost my taste and appetite. I also feel nauseous. I've been told to stay in one room alone for 7 days and my son and girlfriend have to isolate for 14 days. I called 111 but simy couldn't get through and it kept cutting off. I went online to do the symptom checker and it simply says to call 111 - waste of time. I called my GP and got a consultancy and he diagnosed me as Covid-19. He pretty much said to take paracetamol and drink lots of fluids and do not mix with anyone until after 7 days. After 7 days, I can hug my son and girlfriend again. He also said that with my pre existing lung condition - lifelong Asthma sufferer plus weakened lung from a previous blood clot - I need to hope and pray that I don't get the pneumonia part of the virus as it would be tough for me to fight it. He said that's the part that is killing people. I was advised not to go to hospital unless I'm fighting for breath and cannot speak a sentence as they won't do anything for me because they are concentrating on those that are life-threatened. Just got to hope I stay snot free now.
    37 points
  3. One of our volunteers at work passed away in hospital last night, confirmed virus. Was well 2 weeks ago and deteriorated. I last saw him and his wife beginning of feb and had a meal with them. His wife was unwell and just returning to volunteering, such a selfless couple, always driving up and down the country looking after grandkids and volunteering with asylum seekers/ homeless etc. We really need to look after each other.
    19 points
  4. Government text messages now sent to everyone telling people to stay indoors. Must be nice for several of Johnson's children to get a text from their dad for the first time.
    16 points
  5. Nobody is getting on the Tube at 8AM for fun, guys. If you want to blame people, it largely shouldn't be the people in the picture.
    13 points
  6. 11 points
  7. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m not massively bothered about you dying. More concerned about you killing my mum or my kids.
    10 points
  8. I’m an economist. Got a PhD in it, about to go lecture undergrads (via Zoom). Everyone choosing to stay at home playing board games rather than risk dying is terrible for the economy, and will cause maybe the largest drop in GDP ever recorded. It’s also the right decision.
    9 points
  9. A Welsh doc has invented a ventilator to prevent folks from needing ICU ventilators, can make 100 in a day. Quite incredible. Ventilators that could save the lives of thousands of people suffering from coronavirus across the UK have been created by a doctor in Carmarthenshire - in just three days. The device has been designed by senior consultant at Glangwili Hospital Dr Rhys Thomas with the help of an engineering company in Ammanford. https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2020-03-24/welsh-doctor-designs-ventilator-that-could-save-the-lives-of-thousands-of-coronavirus-patients/
    8 points
  10. I dropped letters round to 3 of my elderly neighbours on Sunday just saying if they need anything to give us a call. I haven't heard a thing from two of them but in the last 2 days the one has had me getting chicken, then eggs (at least I now know which one comes first) and sent me to the shop to top up her card for her mobile phone. I am starting to wonder if the coronavirus doesn't get me exhaustion will as I am having to look after my mom (elderly) and brother (health issues) and do all their shopping, one neighbour (so far) and I even though I am now basing myself from home my job as a highways maintenance engineer means with quieter roads we are seeing it as an ideal time to get loads of works done, as long as we can keep getting the materials and operatives, so I am snowed under. My wife is also a nurse in the NHS so can't put on her too much, Having said all that though if I am hoping for sympathy I am probably coming to the wrong place as I am still finding plenty of time to come on here throughout the day
    8 points
  11. What’s the consensus, now we really are working from home and not Starbucks, is it ok to take the apple sticker off our HP’s?
    7 points
  12. In before the Lock(down)! Villatalk, meet Woody.
    7 points
  13. I think sports direct and Wetherspoons should be allowed to have one venue open each but the owners have to work front of house all day every day.
    7 points
  14. Just seen that Alex Butler club masseur aka Big AL is now in ICU I was speaking to him in the lift at the Hilton Wembley after Man city game. Came across as a funny guy. Get well soon big man.
    6 points
  15. They just Donnay get it.
    6 points
  16. I know some of us are still a bit sore about him leaving but AY gives some possibly helpful insight to what it’s like to be where we will probably be in a week or two. A thread;
    5 points
  17. Fair play to Pep, donating nearly a billion pounds to the cause back in Spain...
    5 points
  18. I was right to be fearful but not as bad as I thought. The good news is I'm working from home from now The bad news is I've had my hours cut in half Thats for the next 28 days sod knows after that Could have been worse, 18 lower waged staff let go today, all under 2 years service, there will be more in the not too distant future I'm pretty sure
    5 points
  19. Finally the baldies are going to rise up. We'll be the only ones coming out of this thing looking normal I mean I'll be about 8 stone heavier, but still.
    5 points
  20. My understanding is that as it's a viral pneumonia there's nothing they can do other than keep your lungs working while your immune system tries to fight it off.
    4 points
  21. You’re a very good person
    4 points
  22. I keep posting up what I’m wearing but the mods keep taking it down. (two jokes for the price of one there)
    4 points
  23. Been looking at it for our company .. it’s a bit of a minefield . At face value it appears that you have to put your staff at risk of redundancy in order to qualify for the grant , if you just decide to pay them even on reduced hours then you won’t get the grant money. we are now in effect a company with zero income for the foreseeable future . We’ve told everyone to work from home in so much as monitoring emails , handling queries and keeping things ticking over until we can return to work , but the implication from that is we then have to pay them (obviously ) but with zero income we are looking at a lose of around £250k over the next 3 months ...however , if we notify them they are at risk of redundancy we should be eligible to furlough them and pay them 80% , the difficulty of course is that we then have to instruct them not to work , so no client management or monitoring of emails and nobody to sign off the outstanding claims and invoices for people we owe money to etc ... so pay them and go bankrupt or don’t pay them and have potentially nothing to come back to thankfully we have an employment law firm that we use and they are on the case trying to work it all out for us but short term it’s very tricky ... and that’s before we get to the 400 or so “workers” that carry out projects for us on an ad hoc basis...they are kind of self employed but we pay them via PAYE but they aren’t our staff and work for maybe half a dozen companies ) currently a lot of these people are ringing asking when they will get their 80% and thinking that we are profiteering on the back of them when we try to explain we don’t know yet if they are eligible and there isn’t actually any money yet
    4 points
  24. That just shows a complete lack of understanding of how this travels
    4 points
  25. Can’t help thinking now was an opportunity missed for Tim Martin to get some of those disgusting sticky carpets and counters properly cleaned.
    4 points
  26. There will always be some managers better than others, there will always be some managers saved or damned by the luck of when a delivery is due. Many years ago I worked on the periphery of the NHS, buildings, logistics, FM and space planning. Space is money, storage space had to be stripped of stores they had to be proven to be empty, described as fallow. Newer buildings simply weren’t designed with storage space, written out of the plans and planning. Store managers, FM teams, purchasing departments were sacked off and the ‘service’ privatised to the lowest bidder. The lowest bidder was the lowest because they can order remotely, they can order made in China gloves (because they are 3p cheaper) just in time (because there is no store). Logistics should be more than lowest bid wins. Hospitals are not allowed to buy the gloves 2p dearer made down the road, they have to come from China because that’s the tender system. Anyway, what could possibly go wrong. Sell off buildings and land, convert, convert, convert. Get those franchises in the hospital ‘mall’, sack off ‘non-essential staff’. Squeeze the pips out of that budget and employ managers to enforce performance KPI’s. Don’t let the government off the hook. It’s their fault. By design.
    4 points
  27. With no one in or out, we can savour dipping into the darkest recesses of our wardrobes. Threw milk over the dressing gown this morning. Quarantine look of the day.
    3 points
  28. Your celebrations last season at WBA & Wembley, were like one of us had got onto the pitch. Hope the treatment goes well and you're soon fully recovered.
    3 points
  29. Our company is due to post record profits next month, and some people have been complaining about this stopping our bonus, and I just have no words. We're not letting a single person go or furloughing anyone, the plan is to keep powering through with everyone working from home so when this is over we're in a solid position. I'd be delighted if all profits were to be put to the side to ensure the company can keep running like this for as long as possible, but some people can't see past the short term payday.
    3 points
  30. 8:20!?!?! Amateur. 8:29!
    3 points
  31. Alex Horne from Taskmaster is setting tasks you can do at home which is quite a nice idea.
    3 points
  32. That's ok though because @bannedfromHandV isn't going to Barry. Sick
    3 points
  33. Conf Call 8:30am tomorrow. Must remember to set the alarm for 8:20.
    3 points
  34. Anyone know what day of the week it is?
    3 points
  35. Seems like they are paying people for the hours worked in march, then staff to be furloughed as the business is closed, next payment will be the 80% promised by the government next month. Seems pretty much the same as every other business that has been forced to close. Sure the guys a cock but don't really see an awful lot wrong here, If people want to get another job in the meantime to try and earn more money rather than being furloughed then feel free to do so and if you want to come back when we are open you will be first in line.
    3 points
  36. I think it's more down to keeping the economy going at any cost, even lives.
    3 points
  37. It has been said before but what would happen if Liverpool play beind closed doors at Anfield needing one more win to lift the title. How many thousands of fans will be milling around the ground?
    3 points
  38. Had a blast from the past day yesterday, watched the warriors and the wanderers, brilliant stuff, loved em.
    3 points
  39. Just another vested interest. Pfa - role is to look after the players hence do whatever to get them the cash. Play the games. Premier League- role is to satisfy contract with sky. Play the games. BBC/ sky /talksport - have nothing to talk about and losing advertisers - pkay the games. They can pretend it's about integrity- it's about self protection. I feel the FSA are far too quiet.
    3 points
  40. You would not believe some people honestly..... So I've mentioned my sister in law at least twice in here and her attitude towards all of this. You would think by now most, if not all people would have some kind of realisation and understanding of this situation wouldnt you? Step forward moron numero uno..... she phoned Sunday evening saying that she hadn't be able to taste food for a few days. This is one of the new symptoms... she said to my partner and I what shall I do?... i immediately said well stay in your room for 7 days at least basically (shes 28 and lives at home with mom and dad still). WHAT she says??? I cant do that!!! I said well why the hell not? Your mom just about survived stage 4 lymphoma last year, you have to at all costs stay out the way of her. Well what about food and stuff, I said that's fine but you need to make sure your moms outside or something whilst you do it.. massive humph.. bearing in mind she had been Sutton Park all day and was then driving round pubs and restaurants to find one open for food Well what about seeing my boyfriend she says? Well your going to have to sack that off for now too. Weve only been together 2 months, I want to be able to see him. At this point I couldn't hide my anger, I said are you f*****g stupid or something? People are dying out there and all you care about is you and your new play thing, who btw wont last 5 minutes judging on your previous relationships.... Fast forward to Monday evening whilst partner is phone to her mom... Wheres my sister ? Oh shes at her fella's house..Right shouldnt she be in the house self isolating? Mother in law says I've tried telling her but it just turns into a row, you know what shes like! Shes WFH from tomorrow, and they are planning to both stay here for the duration to work etc... Honestly I'm gonna blow my f*****g lid at the pair of them shortly. Absolute morons! We are talking about a 30 year old bloke and 28 year old woman here....
    3 points
  41. I've told my team to stay home. Direction from above was people who were meant to be in tomorrow should still come in and they'll decide tomorrow. Pretty much ever manager in unison said "nah **** that" or words to that effect. I feel like a pioneer. A week ago I was moaning to these people telling them they were putting our health at risk and not preparing for the worst. Now they're all catching up. And they're saying how great it is we put our WFH plans in place last week so we were well prepared. yeah you're welcome you bunch of words removed. Welcome to the 21st Century.
    3 points
  42. Sports direct have said tonight they intend to keep their stores open because they believe they are “uniquely well placed to help keep the UK as fit and healthy as possible during this crisis” Apparently they think they can do this within the governments social distancing guidelines. They are another Wetherspoons sticking their fingers in their ears.
    3 points
  43. Make no mistake, this break in proceedings has helped us. We were on a downward curve, in pretty poor form, not looking like scoring, tired, shell shocked. McGinn will now be at the same level of fitness as every other player when we resume, rather than needing a few games to get up to match speed. Our summer recruits from overseas will have had time to rest & reflect, it’ll almost be like their 2nd season upon resumption of play. Overall we were looking the most out of sorts team in the league.
    3 points
  44. The Justin Trudeau Barbershop Quartet?
    3 points
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